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File:Minute Man Statue Lexington Massachusetts cropped.jpg|thumb|right|The ''Lexington Minuteman'' representing John Parker (Captain)|John Parker '''Minutemen''' were private colonists who independently organized to form well-prepared militia companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics and military strategies from the American Militia (United States)#Revolutionary War (1775–1783)|colonial partisan militia during the American Revolutionary War. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats, hence the name. The minutemen were among the first to fight in the American Revolution. Their teams constituted about a quarter of the entire militia. Generally younger and more mobile, they served as part of a network for early response. Minuteman and Sons of Liberty member Paul Revere were among those who spread the news that the British Regulars (soldiers) were coming out from...